Jefferies wants third spot secured

20 February 2011 09:30

Jim Jefferies has challenged Hearts to wrap up third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League as soon as possible following an impressive win over Dundee United.

The Jambos fought back from behind to secure a 2-1 victory at Tynecastle to move 18 points clear of closest challengers Kilmarnock and to within two points of Rangers, who have games in hand

Jefferies said: "We are only two or three wins from getting third place. We are not there yet and we can't take anything for granted."

He added: "We've never gone shouting about trying to get second place. If we get third place, we will see where we are after that.

"We'll have a go, that's all we can do. We set out to try and have a good season and that's what we are doing. We just want to get third wrapped up as soon as possible."

Lee Wallace was an injury doubt ahead of the game with a bruised ankle and was forced out of the action in the first half.

Jefferies said: "If he hadn't got a knock on the same place he would have been okay. That's what caused it to flare up again but hopefully he will be okay for next week."

David Goodwillie could have earned a draw for United from the penalty spot in the last minute of added time but his effort was blocked by goalkeeper Marian Kello before he fired wide from the rebound.

The striker was singled out for abuse about his off-field problems from the home fans throughout the game.

Boss Peter Houston said: "The question is, is that why he missed the penalty? I don't think so. I thought he played well. David is disappointed but he was brave enough to take the penalty and it's not the first he has missed. He has been taking some stick but he has to expect it from every fan in Scotland and he has to be big enough to take it."

Source: PA